FAQ: Web Scraping with Beautiful Soup - Reading Text

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I want to ask, what’s wrong in my variant of solve:

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

prefix = "https://s3.amazonaws.com/codecademy-content/courses/beautifulsoup/"
webpage_response = requests.get('https://s3.amazonaws.com/codecademy-content/courses/beautifulsoup/shellter.html')

webpage = webpage_response.content
soup = BeautifulSoup(webpage, "html.parser")

turtle_links = soup.find_all("a")
links = []
# go through all of the a tags and get the links associated with them:
for a in turtle_links:
    links.append(prefix + a["href"])

# Define turtle_data:
turtle_data = {}

# follow each link:
for link in links:
    webpage = requests.get(link)
    turtle = BeautifulSoup(webpage.content, "html.parser")
    turtle_name = turtle.select(".name")[0].get_text()
    turtle_data[turtle_name] = turtle.find("ul").get_text("|").split('|')

It’s give the same result as a variant from site

{'Aesop': ['\n', 'AGE: 7 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 6 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Female', '\n', 'BREED: African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: found in Lake Erie', '\n'], 'Caesar': ['\n', 'AGE: 2 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 4 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Male', '\n', 'BREED: Greek Tortoise', '\n', 'SOURCE: hatched in house', '\n'], 'Sulla': ['\n', 'AGE: 1 Year Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 1 lb', '\n', 'SEX: Male', '\n', 'BREED: African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: found in Lake Erie', '\n'], 'Spyro': ['\n', 'AGE: 6 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 3 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Female', '\n', 'BREED: Greek Tortoise', '\n', 'SOURCE: hatched in house', '\n'], 'Zelda': ['\n', 'AGE: 3 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 2 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Female', '\n', 'BREED: Eastern Box Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: surrendered by owner', '\n'], 'Bandicoot': ['\n', 'AGE: 2 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 2 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Male', '\n', 'BREED: African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: hatched in house', '\n'], 'Hal': ['\n', 'AGE: 1 Year Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 1.5 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Female', '\n', 'BREED: Eastern Box Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: surrendered by owner', '\n'], 'Mock': ['\n', 'AGE: 10 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 10 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Male', '\n', 'BREED: Greek Tortoise', '\n', 'SOURCE: surrendered by owner', '\n'], 'Sparrow': ['\n', 'AGE: 1.5 Years Old', '\n', 'WEIGHT: 4.5 lbs', '\n', 'SEX: Female', '\n', 'BREED: African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle', '\n', 'SOURCE: found in Lake Erie', '\n']}
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Is there something wrong when the site check codes? I copied the solution to the reset excersise, I still could not pass question 2.


Same here. Am I missing something ? I’ve also tried turtle.ul and turtle.find_all(“ul”)


Have the same like a previous guys.

Also have this problem. I was stuck on question two, but it gives syntax error even if you paste in the given solution.

Given solution does not work for part 2.

This is the first lesson that I completely feel lost and had to look at the solution. I don’t understand why .split was in the solution but not in the lesson. I have been doing the data science track, am I severely missing HTML knowledge to complete these?


I agree. Seems web scraping course could have been much more comprehensive. This seem like an overview instead of teaching one how to do it. Maybe in the grand scheme of things of what data scientists actually do it is not that important? I’m not sure.